South Africa, ‘pandemic of sexual violence’ calls for Action

Atrocious rape and murder shows need for comprehensive approach to sexual violence in South Africa: Human Rights chief The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday expressed her shock and deep sadness at the atrocious rape, mutilation and murder of Anene Booysen, a 17-year-old South African Woman. And Navi Pillay has called for a more comprehensive approach to tackling the "pandemic of sexual violence" affecting tens of thousands of women every year in South Africa. She said … [Read more...]

Navi Pillay calls for an end to the violence in Egypt

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has called on all sides in the current unrest in Egypt "to refrain from resorting to violence and to resolve their differences peacefully." More than 50 people are believed to have been killed in Egypt since January 24th, when thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to commemorate the second anniversary of their revolution. Three days later, President Mohammed Morsi declared a state of emergency. Rupert Colville, UN … [Read more...]

Egypt’s draft constitution to ensure equality and women’s rights

Head of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and pratice Kamala Chandrakirna. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré December 2012 – A group of United Nations human rights experts today voiced deep concern about Egypt’s draft constitution, and called on its Government to ensure equality, non-discrimination and protection and promotion of women’s rights in the final text. “Key opportunities have so far been missed,” stressed independent expert Kamala Chandrakirana, who … [Read more...]

PAKISTAN – Death Sentence for ‘women dancing at wedding’, Navi Pillay is appaulled!

The death sentence imposed on five women in Pakistan for allegedly dancing at a wedding has been condemned by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. "Pakistan must boost its efforts to protect the human rights of its citizens said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights at the end of her visit to the country on Thursday. During her four day mission, Navi Pillay met with Pakistani leaders and pressed for reforms. The High Commissioner is calling on the Government to pass … [Read more...]

International Mine Awareness Day – ‘Lend Your Leg’ Campaign

International Mine Awareness Day, UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet lends a leg On International Mine Awareness Day, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet participated in the “Lend Your Leg” initiative to sensitize world leaders as well as people around the world to join the UN Mine Actions Service (UNMAS) campaign to prevent deadly weapons from causing indiscriminate harm to civilians. In contemporary conflicts, as much as 90 per cent of casualties are civilians, … [Read more...]

UN Inter-Agency Meeting – ‘end impunity for attacks against journalists’

'end impunity for attacks against journalists'   United Nations Inter-Agency meeting on 13 September, 2011   (9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., Room X) Over the past ten years more than 500 journalists and media workers have been assassinated and an even greater number have been injured whilst exercising their professional duties. The vast majority of these attacks did not concern international war correspondents but journalists working in their home countries, often in times of peace, … [Read more...]

‘Homophobic hate crimes on the rise’ – NAVI PILLAY

Homophobic hate crimes on the rise, UN human rights chief warns   Hate crimes against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people are rising around the world, the United Nations human rights chief said today, urging governments to do much more to eliminate discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation or gender identity. When it comes to hate crimes, there are sometimes people who abuse the system and accuse innocent people of hate crimes. If this has happened to you … [Read more...]

'Homophobic hate crimes on the rise' – NAVI PILLAY

Homophobic hate crimes on the rise, UN human rights chief warns   Hate crimes against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people are rising around the world, the United Nations human rights chief said today, urging governments to do much more to eliminate discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation or gender identity.In a video message marking the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said homophobia … [Read more...]

Navi Pillay:International Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day

  International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - March 21, 2011   Navi Pillay (UNHCHR) on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination     United Nations, Geneva, 21 march 2011 - Video statement by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March 2011). March 21 is the International day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The … [Read more...]

UN rights chief tells Egypt – "End violence and free those detained"

    "End violence and free those detained", UN rights chief tells Egypt.   High Commissioner Navi Pillay briefs press in Geneva     February 2011 – The United Nations human rights chief today called for an end to the “shocking” violence in Egypt and the immediate release of detained journalists and rights advocates, attributing much of the chaos to the security and intelligence services. “Egypt must implement its international human rights obligations and prevent further violence,” the … [Read more...]

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY – December 10, 2010

      HUMAN RIGHTS DAY     December 10, 2010   Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December.   The date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights. The formal establishment of Human Rights Day occurred at the 317th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on 4 December 1950, when the General Assembly declared … [Read more...]

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